David Bondarchuck was once a homeless teen living in a shelter off of Colfax Avenue in Denver.
Every day he’d take the bus to the Denver Central Library and read cookbooks and books about entertaining – cover to cover—as though they were text books. The Library provided him with safe haven and the knowledge he needed to pursue his passion. In 2011, just four years after David founded his own local catering business, Scratch Catering Services, two of his dreams came true: he was invited to decorate the White House for the holidays, and was featured on the Martha Stewart show. In 2012 he returned to the White House and is now a free-l
Recently, the Children’s Library staff received a special request from a regular customer, Paola. Her son Liam’s fourth birthday was coming up soon. For the past several weeks, whenever she asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he’d say, “My own library card.” She’d let a couple days go by, ask again, but the answer was always the same, “My own library card.”
Paola wondered if we even let kids as young as Liam get cards and when we assured her we did, she was relieved. Together, we brain-stormed ways we could make this milestone special. We settled on the Children’s Library staff making a birthday card and having Children’s Librarian, Chufo Ramirez, play the guitar while we all sang “Happy Birthday” as we presented Liam with his very first library card.
In our continuing series, City Councilwoman Judy Montero talks about the importance of libraries in the community.
Councilwoman Judy Montero has been a library lover since she was a young child. She spent much of her adolescence visiting the bookmobile and the Smiley Branch Library in Northwest Denver. To this day she finds herself at the Central Library holding meetings or checking out books. She feels that, "Libraries are truly the heart and soul of Denver, and reading opens up the world of possibilities for Denver’s citizens.
We’re launching a branch new series of Library Love Stories this February in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, grew up using her public library in rural Montana. Her family didn’t have a lot of money, and the Library provided her with a way to learn about the world, for free.
Deciding to donate landscaping to beautify the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch was about as easy as walking by the building.
We walk in the neighborhood on a regular basis and noticed that not much had been done as far as landscaping. When the branch was under renovations recently, we started talking about how wonderful it would be if the outside of the branch could look as beautiful as the inside.
As the owners of G.E. Enterprises, Inc., a landscape company, we knew we had the expertise to really make a difference in the “curb appeal” of the branch. We contacted the library, got the wheels turning, and completed the project soon after the branch reopened earlier this summer.
My name is Eric Duran. I am an investment banker and was recently named the 9News Leader of the Year. I am proud to say I served on the Denver Public Library Commission from 1996 until 2004. The Denver Public Library was critical to my success and I am honored to share my story.
I grew up in North Denver in a household of six people in a two-bedroom apartment—my family was close. It is not something that I often talk about, but growing up, my mother and sister shared one bedroom and my grandmother and aunt shared the other. My grandfather and I slept in the living room—he slept on the couch and I slept on the floor. My teenage memories are of my grandfather waking me up at 5:30 in the morning to get the Rocky Mountain News and then moving me from the floor to the couch. I learned a love of reading from my grandfather.
My name is Jim White and I am the Director of Community Affairs for the Volunteers of America. I have worked here for almost 31 years and obviously believe we do our best to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. If asked, however, about another organization that truly makes a big difference in the lives of those it touches I would immediately say the Denver Public Library.
The thousands of individuals and families that use the library everyday are never the same after they receive their library card. Whether they walked into their local branch looking for a book, an educational bit of information, a cd or even a movie for pure relaxation their life has been changed. At Volunteers of America we have had the good fortune to partner with DPL on “I Love To Read” events for very young children. The ongoing aggressive effort that the library embraces year round to encourage young children to read is phenomenal yet often not something they are recognized for.